Roe Is Here for Good

This year marks 40 years of Roe v. Wade. That’s 40 years of protecting every woman’s fundamental right to make her own personal medical decisions. But plenty of politicians are still fighting to take that right away.

We won’t let them get away with it. On this 40th anniversary, those of us who trust women, who value their health and rights, have something to tell them: Roe is here for good.

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We won’t allow a small band of politicians and out-of-touch activists to interfere with a woman’s personal health care decisions. We won’t allow lawmakers to stand between women and their doctors.

On this 40th anniversary, those of us who trust women, who value their health and rights, have something to tell them: Roe is here for good.

Roe is here for the good it has done for our mothers and grandmothers. Roe is here for the good it does me and women nationwide. We value women’s health, and we ARE the majority.

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Watch: Roe v. Wade 40th Anniversary Video

40 years safe and legal. Let’s keep it that way.

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The Huffington Post:
Abortion poll: Keep Roe v. Wade

Fashion is an art. It’s a lifestyle. For many of us, it’s what defines us. And it’s personal — to an extent, we can use it to create an image and an impression that further crystallizes who we are.

But what’s more personal than fashion is one’s health. For decades, we’ve tried to label how people feel about a very personal and often complex medical decision — abortion — with labels like “pro-choice” or “pro-life.” But over the past few years, more and more Americans have felt less comfortable having their personal beliefs about abortion be put into a box. What does “pro-choice” or “pro-life” even mean? And why can’t I be both?

Full article on huffingtonpost.com

64% of American voters agree with the Roe v. Wade ruling.

[2012 Quinnipiac poll]

Cecile Richards, President, Planned Parenthood Federation of America

In countries where abortion is illegal ─ which we are close to becoming ─ abortion rates are actually higher…Evidence shows that restricting access to safe, legal abortion care does not lower abortion rates. It just forces women to search for clandestine and unsafe abortion.

Since Roe, my human right to reproductive health has been protected.

– Eileen E.

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I believe politicians should not be involved in a woman’s personal medical decisions about her pregnancy. #RoeAt40 http://bit.ly/Roe40th

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President Barack Obama

Let’s be clear here. Women are not an interest group. They’re mothers and daughters and sisters and wives. They’re half of this country. And they’re perfectly capable of making their own choices about their health.

Watch: Not In Her Shoes

Abortion is a deeply personal and often complex decision for a woman to make. You can’t make that decision for someone else.

Nobody knows a woman’s specific situation—we’re not in her shoes.

Washington Post:
As Roe v. Wade abortion case turns 40, most oppose reversing ruling, poll shows

The Pew Research Center found that 63 percent of Americans said that Roe v. Wade should not be completely overturned, compared with 29 percent who said it should be. These opinions have changed little from surveys in 2003 and 1992, Pew reported.

Full article on washingtonpost.com

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Slideshow:
Demographics of Abortion Support in the U.S.

CNN:
Survey: Few religious groups want Roe v. Wade overturned despite belief abortion morally wrong

Forty years after the Supreme Court protected abortion rights in Roe v. Wade, a new survey finds that white evangelicals remain the only major religious group that supports overturning the landmark ruling, even though most such groups find abortion morally wrong.

Full article on cnn.com

#yvote @mrsellis96 because I care about what kind of future my daughter will have. A future where no man can tell her what to do w/ her body

— Rosario Dawson, @rosariodawson

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Because of Roe we have had 40 years of safe and legal abortion. Let’s continue to stand with Roe.  #RoeAt40 http://bit.ly/Roe40th

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Dolores Huerta

I am the Catholic mother of 11 children…But I believe abortion is a constitutional right and an issue of privacy.

-Los Angeles Times, March 7, 2008

Because of Roe, I am a survivor, not a victim.

- Tina V.

Destiny R.

I think that the labels pro-choice and pro-life put people in boxes. Abortion is not a boxed-in issue, it’s a very complex issue it has a lot of different parts to it, a lot of decision making goes behind a woman deciding to have an abortion so putting a label on it is just not fair.

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Can small minded idiot blokes stop telling women whether or not they’re entitled to abortions please? #enoughnow.

— Lily Allen, @lilyrosecooper

Melissa Harris-Perry

Why is Roe v. Wade important to me?

It means that my friends, my sisters, my nieces, my students, my daughter and I can learn, grow and live knowing that we will have privacy, safety, and options to make the most important decisions in our lives.

The decision whether or not to bear a child is central to a woman’s life, to her well-being and dignity. It is a decision she must make for herself.

When Government controls that decision for her, she is being treated as less than a fully adult human responsible for her own choices.

- Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, during her Senate confirmation hearings, 1993

Not In Her Shoes Tumblr – This Is Personal

No one knows what it’s like to walk in your shoes – not your boss, your neighbor, or your elected officials. So why are others trying to control your decisions? Don’t let them walk all over your reproductive health. No one knows what it means to take one step in your shoes, let alone why you make the decisions you do.

There is no more vital work to be done in this historic moment than stopping the rollback of women’s access to health care and self-determination.

- Reverend Harry Knox, President and CEO of The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

Blythe Danner & Gwyneth Paltrow

[W]e are first and foremost a mother and daughter, and we cannot stand idly by as birth control, family planning, and basic health care come under attack…Such a personal decision should be made by families, not by politicians.

We need common-sense solutions to the health issues we face throughout our lives. Planned Parenthood provides those solutions, helping millions of women each day, improving our communities and our families.

-Letter to the States on behalf of Planned Parenthood Federation of America

The Decision

This right of privacy, whether it be founded in the Fourteenth Amendment’s concept of personal liberty and restrictions upon state action, as we feel it is, or, as the District Court determined, in the Ninth Amendment’s reservation of rights to the people, is broad enough to encompass a woman’s decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy.

The detriment that the State would impose upon the pregnant woman by denying this choice altogether is apparent.

– Justice Harry Blackmun, Roe v. Wade decision

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Kelsey W., 22 Years Old

We need to remove the label of pro-choice and pro-abortion and move towards a notion of reproductive justice and equality.

Maggie Gyllenhaal

And what I believe very strongly is that every woman has the right to decide what she can do with her body. That seems like a no-brainer to me, but it’s not to some politicians…

With jobs bills waiting on legislative calendars, the unemployment rate at a crisis level and many Americans losing their homes, I find it incredibly frustrating that we’re being forced to spend so much time and energy (and, yes, money) defending something as basic as self-determination.

No woman can call herself free who does not own and control her body.

- Margaret Sanger, Birth Control Review, March 1919

Health Care Decisions Are Personal

Supreme Court Affirms Women Have the Right to Make Their Own Medical Decisions

On January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed that the constitutionally protected right to privacy includes every woman’s right to make her own personal medical decisions, without the interference of politicians.

Former Republican U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater

A lot of so-called conservatives today don’t know what the word means. They think I’ve turned liberal because I believe a woman has a right to an abortion…That’s a decision that’s up to the pregnant woman, not up to the Pope or some do-gooders or the religious right. It’s not a conservative issue at all.

- Interview with the Los Angeles Times

Alexa N., 22 Years Old

Abortion is a vital service that communities of women have always come together to protect.

This month, we come together to celebrate 40 years of access and choice in the US and we will continue to stand strong with all communities to protect this right.

Interactive State-by-State Map: SisterSong – Mapping Our Rights

The SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective amplifies and strengthens the collective voices of Indigenous women and women of color in their fight for reproductive justice. The Collective was formed in 1997 to educate women of color on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights, and works towards the access of health services, information and resources that are culturally and linguistically appropriate.

View the map here